Greek Olympic medalist Lefteris Petrounias won his third consecutive gold in the rings in the European Championships on Saturday, an achievement accomplished by only three gymnasts in the sports’ history.
Petrounias won the top position in Montpellier in 2015 and in Bern in 2016. Performing his routine with a difficulty value of 6.3, he scored 15,433 points.
He is also only the second in rings’ history to win gold in the European Championships right after an Olympic gold medal, without taking a break.
President Prokopis Pavlopoulos congratulated Petrounias for his win, calling him an “emblematic example for the new generation”.
“Your huge success now ranks you at the top of world sports and, in combination with your exemplary ethos, makes you an emblematic example for the new generation of our country. Congratulations,” he said.